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    by Published on 11-14-2011 06:18 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    The security gurus over at RIM continue to do what they do best, and make sure that every device released by the company is as secure as it can be. Today RIM has announced that its newly released OS 7 devices have reached EAL4+ certification. In short the EAL stands for Evaluation Assurance Level, and is used to grade IT products or systems to make sure that they meet industry security standards.

    Here is the official statement from RIM:

    Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that BlackBerry® smartphones running on the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS) have been independently evaluated by a third-party Common Criteria evaluation facility and meet the security criteria for evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+.


    The Common Criteria is an international standard for validating that products meet specific security requirements. Widely respected for its extensive and comprehensive evaluation by an independent third party, EAL4+ accreditation examines a product’s design, software development methodology, and security mechanisms. EAL4+ is the highest level of accreditation under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by 26 countries.


    “Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at RIM. “RIM is renowned as a market leader in the delivery of secure mobile solutions, and this achievement helps to provide our customers globally with continued confidence in deploying BlackBerry solutions throughout their organizations.”


    As a market leader in the area of information assurance and compliance, RIM is committed to independent, third party security testing and certifications of BlackBerry products. RIM is active in the Cryptographic Module Validation Program in North America, United Kingdom CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS) and International Common Criteria evaluation scheme. BlackBerry® Enterprise Server has been previously awarded EAL4+ certification and the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has also been previously approved for storing and transmitting sensitive data by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as government organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

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    by Published on 11-10-2011 09:02 PM
    Categories:
    1. Leaked OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    We have a nice little surprise for you tonight! A leaked OS for the Bold 9900 has made its way out into the wild. Version OS 7.0.0.503 is the latest out for the 9900 so we are interested in how this one runs for you. So please let us know your findings and fixes.

    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release OS. If you wish to install this OS, keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. This OS will not function on any device that is not OS 7 compatible. BlackBerryOS and any other BlackBerryOS Official sites are not responsible. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure how to upgrade to this OS, please click the link below.

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    by Published on 11-10-2011 01:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Twitter for BlackBerry 2.1 has received a small update today via the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update fixes the BlackBerry ID invalid error some users were getting with v2.1.0.18. No new visible features have been added but many bug fixes and improvements in speed have been made. Change log available below.
    • *Fixed* @Mention - No notification of @mentions from users you are not following
    • *Fixed* @Mention - The @mention notification in the message app does not clear
    • *Fixed* @Mention - Splat on Mentions icon is hard to clear if you happen to be on the Mentions screen when the push notification arrives
    • *Fixed* Options - Reordering of top two option items
    • *Fixed* Virtual Keyboard - When composing a new Tweet or reply, the virtual 'Tweet' and 'reply' buttons do not activate



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    by Published on 11-09-2011 06:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    The most popular free Bible app YouVersion has been updated to version 3.6. Version 3.6 now allows users to manually select their network connection type, and in addition the app now has more robust handling of network failure. This update also included the following changes:
    • Faster Performance. The Bible App now responds much more quickly, especially for the features that most of you use most—like Notes, Bookmarks, and reading plans.

    • Reading Plan Caching. If you often find yourself with a slow or weak network connection, then sometime when you notice you happen to have a strong signal, you can jump into the Bible App and flip ahead through the next few days of your reading plan. Each day that you view will be stored (cached) into your device’s memory. As long as you don’t completely exit the Bible App (which you can set in the Options on your Home screen), then when you come back later, those days will still be there, and that dreaded “No network available” message won’t interrupt your daily reading.

    • Active Network Scanning. The Bible App now constantly monitors your network connection, adjusting settings in the background to try to maintain your signal. It also logs what it determines are its optimal settings, so that in the event your signal is completely lost, it can help you get reconnected as quickly as possible.

    • Customizable Network Settings. For the first time ever, from right inside the Bible App, you can actually manually tweak your connection settings (shown). This new feature will let you experiment to find the strongest signal possible, or to disconnect on demand to avoid unnecessary data charges.
    As you can see the majority of changes seem to be network related. This is good as it makes that app more efficient on our devices. If you like this app head on over to BlackBerry App world and download it.

    Download it here:
    Free Bible - Download Bible - Free Apps from BlackBerry App World

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    by Published on 11-08-2011 02:28 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    As many of you have may discovered, BlackBerry 7 brings a new feature to smartphones with the addition of Compass functionality. You can use the compass with location-based applications, such as BlackBerry Maps, which is designed to provide you with driving directions, or your position in relation to areas of interest. You can also use Compass to determine your direction in relation to the Earth's magnetic poles. This guide will show you how you can utilize the new Compass feature on your smartphone so you can take advantage of Augmented Reality apps such as Wikitude - a great way to explore the world around you!

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    by Published on 11-08-2011 12:29 PM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Official OS 7.0.0.440 from AT&T has arrived for the BlackBerry Torch 9860. If you have a Torch 9860 its time to get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS! As always, be sure to let us know your fixings and findings for this OS.

    Note: The Software Platform and Application version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 09:32 PM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Official OS 6.0.0.668 from Vodafone Netherlands is now available for the BlackBerry Pearl 9100/9105. No word yet on the change log yet so let us know if you find anything. If you have a Pearl 9100/9105, get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS. As always don't forget to let us know how its working out for you.

    Note:
    The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 11-05-2011 07:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Official OS 7.0.0.474 from Teltra has been released for the BlackBerry Torch 9810. If you have a Torch 9810, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Don't forget to let us know how it's working for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 11-03-2011 12:42 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    When BlackBerry 6.1 was first mentioned almost a year ago, the original build had mobile hotspot as an included feature. With the updated name/branding change to BlackBerry 7, we were left without the feature being added.

    Several sources recently have posted information of a BlackBerry Torch 9810 running OS 7.1, which seems to now have mobile hotspot as an included feature.

    The amazing folks from bjxiaoc have generously posted a video of mobile hotspot in action on a 9810.
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    by Published on 11-02-2011 11:23 AM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    RIM gave us a big surprise today and officially released their much anticipated BBM Music service! Everyone has been patiently waiting on this to come out of beta. Beta testers can assure you that this service is legit. You can browse millions of songs and instantly add them to your collection. I really enjoyed testing out this service and am excited for its release today.
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    by Published on 10-30-2011 09:03 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    The ebay app for BlackBerry has finally been released from the Beta Zone, and is now available for download in App World. The app was sitting in the Beta Zone for a while and has receive several updates to fix various issues. There is no change log with this release so its safe to say that some bugs were fixed, and the additional features that were added from the previous version are now included in the final release.

    Here are some features you can expect:
    • Navigation Bar - shows the currently selected screen and a cursor for when navigating between options
    • Tool tips -- now provided to indicate what the icon on the navigation bar is for
    • Shipping Option -- updated so only one option show at first and the user can add more or remove ones they don’t want
    • Selling items -- When selling an item, the user is provided with several return options when available
    Download it here:
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    by Published on 10-28-2011 04:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Did someone say free Free Friday? RIM has added Bejeweled to their list of complimentary apps. This is a fun little puzzle game developed by EA. Now you can spend countless hours strategically aligning gems. Sorry OS 7 users, it only works for OS 4.5-6.
    In addition to Bejeweled the following apps are also available for free:
    Discuss this in the forums
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    by Published on 10-28-2011 11:47 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Great announcement today! BBM 6.0.1 has made its way out of the Beta Zone, and into App World !! For everyone patiently waiting, you should start to see it appearing in App World. If at first you are not seeing the update try resetting your App World cache by holding down the Alt key + rstrst. It will take some time for the update to hit everyone so be patient. Good things come to those who wait!

    Here are some new things you can expect in BBM version 6.0.1 taken from the Inside BlackBerry Blog:

    • Explore BBM-connected Apps
    BBM users will now be able to pull up “Explore BBM-connected Apps” from a menu in the BBM Contacts screen. This action is designed to automate a BlackBerry App World™ storefront search for “BBM” by redirecting users to a list of up to 25 of the most popular BBM-connected apps available.

    • Sharing App content with your BBM Contacts is easier
    Many BBM users have told us that they love sharing app content with their BBM friends who use the same app, but they also wanted to share content with their BBM friends who don’t have the app. BBM v6.0.1 is designed so that you can now share app-specific content with your BBM contacts regardless of whether your contact has the app installed.

    For example, foursquare users may want to share a tip or badge they’ve recently earned, or Huffington Post users may want to share a breaking news story with their BBM contacts. Your friends or contacts will also be prompted to download the BBM-connected app if they don’t have it installed.

    • Include BBM v5.0 users in application invites
    Now you can include even more friends in the fun! You can now invite BBM v5.0 & BBM v6.0 contacts to join in the fun and share BBM-connected app experiences. Your BBM v5.0 contacts will be prompted to download BBM v6.0 in order to access BBM-connected apps. For users new to BBM v6.0 and BBM-connected apps, here’s a quick rundown of some benefits to upgrading.

    • Inviting BBM friends to experience your favorite apps
    Chatting with BBM contacts from inside BBM-connected apps
    Discovering apps and updates through friends by browsing their recent profile updates of their contacts profile
    Happy updating! Be sure to let us know how you like the new BBM. Download it here:

    Free BlackBerry Messenger - Download BlackBerry Messenger - Free Apps from BlackBerry App World
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    by Published on 10-27-2011 07:03 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Rumors,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    *Video removed at request of RIM due to copyright violation*

    Fresh off DevCon 2011 RIM has been pushing its self for mobile innovation, and has embraced a number of new technologies. This is great news as we all are looking forward to new things. There have been a couple of new videos that have surfaced that show how RIM perceives the future of mobile computing. The first video basically shows what RIM thinks could be the future of mobile device management. I like the layout of the futuristic phone, but every time I see a really thin glass like phone I think about how many times I would break that thing. The video integration option looks pretty sweet.

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    by Published on 10-25-2011 09:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    An image has surfaced showing what appears to be a BBX superphone. No, nothing has been confirmed. This is really just pure speculation, but it does make sense give RIMs device history. In addition, more details regarding the BlackBerry Colt, RIMs first QNX based superphone have also surfaced.

    Here are the specs we already know:
    • Single-core 1.2GHz processor (same as Bold 9900), word has it that the same dual-core processor in PlayBook is a huge battery killer, but a dual-core processor is still in the works and currently in working prototypes
    • 900+ screen resolution (could be same as PlayBook for easy transition of apps)
    • 4.x″ touchscreen
    Here are the new details:
    • Thinner than the Bold 9900, 9930
    • Similar outer stainless steel bezel unibody as the Bold 9900, 9930
    • TAT transitions coupled in BBX (see demo of it here)
    • Similar battery as PlayBook (no more battery pulls!)
    • No physical buttons
    • All swipe inner bezel
    • Front and back facing cameras, with enhanced flash and focus
    There you have it. Now lets keep dreaming about owning one.
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